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Mission: The YP Foundation is a youth led and run non-profit in India that develops young people’s leadership skills to take action on issues that young people are passionate about. The organization supports young people between the ages of 13 and 28 to conceptualize and implement community based projects that challenge stereotypes, forge sustainable partnerships and promote the uninhibited expression of young people. In the last 6 years, TYPF has reached out to over 5000 young people and has worked with more than 800 young people as part of its working core team on the following issues: Life Skills Based Education Understanding Substance Abuse and Addiction Empowering Street and Slum Children (Healthcare and Education) Understanding Gender and Sexuality Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Health and HIV/AIDS: Awareness, Prevention, Rights, Care & Support Encouraging the Performing and Visual Arts Human Rights and Peace Building Processes Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Awareness for Young People The Young Citizen’s Right to Information, Governance & Legal System of India Climate Change and The Environment We find ourselves when we attempt to understand what is around us. The concept of TYPF is to provide young people the opportunity to take time out to do just this. For who knows, your voice could change things.

Results: # TYPF has trained over 5,000 young people to set up over 200 projects on issues that young people are passionate about, reaching out to youth led groups in India, South and South East Asia as well as Internationally. # Our programmes have reached out to over 3,00,000 youth in Delhi and to numerous youth across the country. Pilot projects have run from Mumbai, Pune and Chhattisgarh. # We were invited to feature our work by Ex president Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008. # TYPF has worked with over 30 schools in Delhi and Haryana, conducting workshops on understanding Life Skills, Mental Health and Child Rights with over 6,000 adolescents. # We have made a focussed effort at developing youth led voices in cities, encouraging young people to be pro active citizens and dialogue with the government. # In 2009, our Founder Ishita Chaudhry was invited to address a US Congressional Briefing at Capitol Hill on the need for investing in young people’s sexual reproductive health and rights in South and South East India. # The Government of Nagaland in India invited The YP Foundation’s staff to train their civil officers on how to integrate a youth friendly government response to youth interventions on HIV & AIDS. # UNICEF and UNDP worked with The YP Foundation as part its internal staff training programme ‘Changing Gears’, where young staff conducted training sessions with UN officials on developing youth friendly communication. # Last year, in 2008, we helped over 4,000 young people in India register to vote in the General Elections. This year, we are taking that forward by helping young people understand the Right to Information Act in India, giving them tools by which they can understand the system and help work with it, to develop accountability.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my many years of experience in the development sector I have never come across an organization as good and unique as Youth Parliament. my long association with Youth Parliament I have seen them do excellent work, reaching out to the youth quite rapidly and making a difference, quite effectively. As an organization they have grown and evolved extremely well. Any professional organization would envy their learning curve. In fact, I have learnt from them probably more than they have learnt from me. The core organization values and principles have remained consistent. Their unwavering spirit and passion not only inspire the youth but equally all age groups who get attached with them. Well, what else can i say except they are awesome and they truely Rock!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The YP Foundation (YP) is a driven and energetic organisation to work with. It's front-runners, Ishita, in particular, have great vision and commitment to their work and organisational objectives. The fact that they are focused on developin processes and systems tells me that they also understand the need in distributing that passion and commitment so that the organisation does not remain as person-dependent as it currently is. Their programmes, particularly those involving cultural development are brilliantly thought through, and manage to include a lot of the best young talent available in the city.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met them this year in Bali, and i have been inspired by what they do, their passion and motivation to envision change in all possible ways by empowering youth! They have clear objectives and strategy to charter their path to achieving them, and i personally am looking at the posibility of replicating a similar model for youth related work in Sri Lanka, and the YPF has been a great model to follow. They deserve all possible avenues to expand their great work with youth!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have seen the YP Foundation develop from a young organization in July 2006 to the more mature, effective, relevant and established organization it is today. I have been impressed by the ability of Ishita Chaudary and the larger YP team to inspire and build agreement in the organization for processes of change. For example, in 2006 the organization was hesitant to raising discussions around organizational values, because it was felt that it would prevent everyone from feeling accepted. When given the feedback that they needed to discuss and take stances on important issues pertaining to values to make sure that they remained relevant as an instrument for social change, they took it to heart and made it happen. As a result, the organization has become more clear in its efforts to include members from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and they have initiated projects that contribute to social change on the ground. My suggestion is that the process of taking stances and proactively addressing inequity and social injustice through establishing programs where the members go through training in understanding themselves, their own identity and relation with society needs to continue and develop further. I believe the YP Foundation is well underway in doing that, and wish them all the best in their work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The YP astounds me. My most recent interaction was on a short film I helped them make for "Blending Spectrum", their street children project. I saw the dedication and commitment they were willing to put in to make the film as heart felt and real as possible. The glamour of film making wears down once you realize long hours and the tediousness of the job. The volunteers at Blending Spectrum however were up to a challenge and showed maturity in knowing what they wanted to put across through the film. They worked with me as a team and we focused our efforts and pulled off a well made film in a limited time frame.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been associated with many of their programs, including a recent series on India's Right to Information law. They have managed to motivate and mobilize a large number of young people, especially students, to get involved with socially important issues. Especially creditable is the fact that they have enthused many young people belonging to the upper middle class who are usually indifferent to social causes.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have seen members and staff of YP Foundation active during the International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific as coordinators of group discussions, responsible for developing and presenting a youth statement, and networking during ICAAP for youth issues. They were all very pro-active, positive, knowledgeable and wonderful people to work with. Since then, we have maintained contact through e-mail and are currently exploring further opportunities for collaboration to strengthen youth participation and peer education initiatives in India. YP Foundation is really a youth-led youth organisation that is highly professional in its quality of work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The YP Foundation are a visionary bunch of young people who are unbelievably disciplined and driven. In a time where young people are only busy looking out for themselves, The Youth Parliament sets a fine example of what the Indian Youth should be working on from the grass root level to help develop the country.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The YP Foundation represents India and Indian youths very well in the international arena. We at Today's Youth Asia are very impressed with the greater achievements The YP Foundation that they manages to achieve in less time. We were happy to organize an award ceremony with the President of Nepal for The YP Foundation, and that in itself explains the high performance of the Indian youths and The YP Foundation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The YP Foundation is a team of very young, bright and committed people promoting people's right to information amongst other things. I have worked with them in the planning of a public event on the right to information. They have systematic and professional approach to the subject they work on. They first equip themselves with the knowledge required to be able to work on the issue in an intelligent manner. Their ability to mobilise the youth in order to spread awareness about the right to information is commendable. They have also begun strategic use of the right to information in order to tackle issues of accountability in the University examination processes and in the functioning of the police. This organisation has a lot of potential and is poised to become one of the leading youth organisations working on governance issues amongst the several other areas that they have chosen.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

YP Foundation has been incredibly helpful by providing me with information and insights on the role of young people within India's environmental movement.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dear Sir / Madam, I am delighted to pen a few words for YP Foundation. I really appreciate the kind of work this non-profit organisation is doing for the welfare of the society. I am an ardent admirer of this organisation since despite being so young they have already contributed so much which is itself a meteora in the present generation. I wish them good luck for the future and would like to request to assist them in every way you can possibly do. Kind regards, Gautam Talukdar. Advocate & Solicitor Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor to Ishita, the Co-founder and Managing Trustee of The YP Foundation for about 3 years now. I have been tremendously inspired by the Vision, Maturity and Energy of Ishita and this is also reflected in every member of the foundation - be the staff or volunteers. The YP Foundation is the only youth-led organization that provides a space for urban young people to explore, express and do something about issues that affect their daily lives. I think this make YP Foundation very unique. The attitudinal change that I have seen in some of these young college students is remarkable and The YP Foundation has actually being able to channelize their potential in the direction of social change.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Early in 2009 I travelled to Delhi from London as a facilitator with the Center for Digital Storytelling (www.storycenter.org). We were to work with 10 staff members from The YP Foundation to make digital stories (3 min videos using sounds and still and moving images) about their personal experiences of being a TYPF staff member. This was an intensive 3 day workshop where the participant developed a scripted story about themselves and their role in the organisation, then produced still and some moving images and edited the story together. Each of the participants worked on different aspects of TYPF's work so I was priviledged to have the opportunity not only to work with a very committed, very hard working group of young people but I also saw glimpses of the breadth of the work the organisation does and the depth of thought and reflection that goes into each and every project. As we shaped the digital stories I learned about the different individual experiences and the commitment of each young person as well as how they had grown and been supported through TYPF to develop their skills, explore their ideas and discuss and be challenged by the ideas and lives of others. I have worked for over a decade with young people in different not for profit contexts and have rarely encountered such a well organised organisation with such articulate young people who work excellently together. During the three day workshop we were unlucky enough to have serious technical problems with hired equipment, but the TYPF staff adapted to what was available, shared computers and stayed up all night to reload software. And in spite of this technical set they still produced 10 high quality digital stories.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The YP Foundation magically finds the most enthusiastic and hard working people who come together and infuse a whole new level of enthusiasm in the work they do. I have worked with The YP Foundation at various times in my career and in different capacities, right from being part of a band in their fundraiser, to being an advisor for their online stragegies to a consultant for a project they undertook and each time, it has been my complete pleasure working with them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

1. Have been associated with the Youth Parliament for the past 5 years as a trainer and a guide. 2. Have been impressed with the committment, dedication and hard work which YP indulges in for its programs. 3. YP is a youth based organization and reaches out to the youth in India across borders. 4. It needs more stable staff rather than volunteers who ofcourse are valuable in terms of their contribution to society, but in terms of sustainability needs to be more self sustaining.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

have sent around 5 to 6 hours in Yp foundation office love the work they do and the energy that surrounds the office.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I joined The YP Foundation as part of staff in Jan 2009 and since then I have realized that there are very few places where you can find young people with so much passion.The YP foundation enables young people to design and develop projects on issues they feel passionatey about.I have never had so much fun in trying to bring about a positive change in society!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I went from an external person working with the organization to working here full-time! Went went from the garage-office to a real office space! I went from from just volunteering to making this what I do. It's incredible how, in whatever capacity you can, there's always a space for you somewhere.